I like this topic :D There are some goodies on these albums. My choices at the moment would be:
Black Sabbath Watches those flames get higher and higher
Man that line sends chills down my spine, especially when sung by the great Ian Gillan. I just see before my eyes this black hooded evil guy staring into a fireplace or whatever and suddenly all hell breaks loose, the fire begins to consume everything around him and finally him as well, and he just laughs into the night... That's Sabbath for you ^^
Paranoid Silver starlight breaks dawn from night
Possibly Geezers FINEST lyrical work EVER. Enough said.
Master of Reality Can't find the key to fit the lock on your heart
Was hard finding just one line to sum up my love for that song, but that one will do fine. I love the metaphors in this one, if it wasn't for "Sweet Leaf" this whole album could have been a masterpiece lyrically.
Vol. 4 Just live your life and leave them all behind
Well... what can I say? This is probably one of those lines that I always have in the back of my head, whenever life is shit and you don't understand people, people don't understand you, you don't understand why you worry about everything and it just goes down, and it keeps going... You will always have Geezer right there, in the back of your head. Some of the best comfort I can imagine. Thanks Geez.
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath They just tell you that you're on your own, fill your head all full of lies
Sometimes the best medicine is the brutal truth. I have yet to listen to this song and feel half-way through that "hmm... I wasn't really in the mood for this song today".
Sabotage My body echoed to the dreams of my soul
Hell yeah... I can feel the pain right there. I have always enjoyed the honesty in Geezer's lyrics, but even more when the honesty is combined with metaphors to give a complete picture of reality and it's endless amounts of screwed up, unexplainable moments.
Technical Ecstasy The silent emptiness of one-sided love
Ah... the silent memories of the very first Black Sabbath song I decided to learn how to play on the guitar. This is a song that can make someone nostalgic over nothing, it's so damn powerful, you actually feel like you miss something that never was there.
Never Say Die I handed my children over to you
Easily the most touching lyrics off this album, and a very very fine song as a whole, "Over to You" seems to get exactly zero appreciation. This is a song I play on the piano a lot just because I just love to sing the lyrics, no matter how horrible it sounds to others, in my head it's as close as one gets to perfection. The bitterness and hopelessness of these lyrics burns through anything, I don't care about Geezer not being motivated to write stuff during this period. He is still one of the greatest poets this world has ever seen, no matter what he thinks ^^
Most of the choices I've made need the words before or after them to explain why they are so perfect, but as true Sabbath fans I assume you all know all the words to all the Ozzy era songs at least (I mean cmon, you gotta know SOMETHING right?) so you probably get what I'm talking about.